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Meaning of EXCAVATE

Pronunciation:  'eksku`veyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite"
  2. [v]  form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
  3. [v]  find by digging in the ground; "I dug up an old box in the garden"
  4. [v]  lay bare through digging; "Schliemann excavated Troy"

EXCAVATE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: dig, dig up, hollow, turn up, unearth
 See Also: bring out, core out, disinter, ditch, drive, exhume, grub out, grub up, hollow out, nuzzle, obtain, remove, reveal, take, take away, trench, uncover, unveil, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex"ca*vate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excavated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Excavating}.] [L. excavatus, p. p. of excavare to
excavate; ex out + cavare to make hollow, cavus hollow. See
1. To hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow
   by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball;
   to excavate the earth.

2. To form by hollowing; to shape, as a cavity, or anything
   that is hollow; as, to excavate a canoe, a cellar, a

3. (Engin.) To dig out and remove, as earth.

         The material excavated was usually sand. --E. L.

{Excavating pump}, a kind of dredging apparatus for
   excavating under water, in which silt and loose material
   mixed with water are drawn up by a pump. --Knight.

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